REVIEW: Lunartik in a Cup of Tea
You probably remember Matt JOnes' 6.5” tall Lunartik in a Cup of Tea vinyl figure that was released in 2009. It included a cup, saucer, spoon and sugar cubes. There was a custom tea tour that followed the release, and it featured a number of top artists from the custom and designer vinyl realms.
Well, Matt is back at it, spreading his love of tea. He recently released the Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 1, which consists of 12 fresh brews and 4 special brews. It's a blind-boxed series, and we were lucky enough to get the Mint variety to take a look at.
Lunartik in a Cup of Tea
Series: Mini Series 1
Manufacturer: Lunartik, Ltd.
Artist: Lunartik (Matt JOnes)
Dimensions: 2" tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (neck)
Designs: 16 total (White, The Earl, Rosie Lee, Green, Orange, Lemon, Berry, Rooibos, Black, Oolong, Mint, Cinnamon, Mr. Tea, Lunar Tea, Q Tea and Lady Grey)
This might possibly be our favorite blind-box packaging ever. It's a fairly ordinary outer blind-box, with an illustration of the character on the front and the various designs and ratios on the sides. Inside, there's a tan metallic bag that includes the figure, a sticker (doyley and heart) and quite possibly the coolest booklet ever. It's shaped like a tea bag, with the bag section being the booklet (features the various designs).
Every morning, I wake up and brew a pot of tea. I've never been a coffee drinker, but like the packaging on Matt JOnes' series states “I Love Tea”. And while I like some sugar and cream in my tea...what about a Lunartik?
For our review sample, we received the Mint Lunartik in a Cup. As you can see from the photos, he's been signed. You likely won't get a signed one, unless you go to a signing or collect and submit 10 Tea Tokens.
The line consists of eight different variants. All of the variant colorways feature a different tea flavor name...except for the four special secret variants.
The first thing you realize is that you've never seen a blind-box platform quite like this: a robot-looking guy peeking out of a cup of tea (complete with an attached saucer). Lunartik's hands are on the sides of the cup and there is brown tea up to his armpits. There's only one point of articulation – at the neck – but the figure doesn't really need any others.
Quality-wise, there are no issues. There's not a lot of paintwork on the figure and the seams are fairly inconspicuous. And price-wise, they've nailed it by pricing the blind boxes under $10.00 each.
OVERALL: The Lunartik in a Cup of Tea series lands in our top five blind-boxed series...ever. It doesn't have a flashy lineup of artists lending their designs to the platform. It's just great character design by Matt JOnes and his love of tea. And oddly enough...that's all it needs.
You can pick one up at the following:
Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Grades
Figure Quality: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10